In search for an appropriate tool for the humanities

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Préseantion par René Bauer, Stefan Hofer et Imre Hofmann pour la session "Humanities Methods", lors du THATCamp Switzerland, Uni. Lausanne, 12 Nov. 2011.

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In search for an appropriate tool for the humanities

  1. 1. In Search for an Appropriate Tool for the Humanities <ul><li>René Bauer, Stefan Hofer and </li></ul><ul><li>Imre Hofmann </li></ul><ul><li>www.textmachina.uzh.ch </li></ul>www.textmachina.uzh.ch
  2. 2. Programme of the Workshop <ul><li>Presentation of the participants </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation of the problem at stake: The need of an appropiate digital tool for the Humanities </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation of „a possible solution“ (tEXtMACHINA) </li></ul><ul><li>Plenary discussion on specific methods </li></ul><ul><li>Plenary discussion on existing technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Group discussion on digital tools for the Humanities </li></ul><ul><li>Plenary session and conclusion </li></ul>www.textmachina.uzh.ch
  3. 3. In Search for an Appropriate Tool for the Humanities <ul><li>The Humanities have an object of research (data) of their own: meaningful „text“ in a broad sense </li></ul><ul><li>This specific object implies specific methods: analysis and interpretation in a scientific community </li></ul><ul><li>New Media offer a lot of relevant digital technologies. </li></ul><ul><li>There is no tool that implements the crucial methods of the Humanities with these technologies. </li></ul>www.textmachina.uzh.ch
  4. 4. 2. A) The Humanities have an object of research of their own: „text“ <ul><li>By „Text“ we mean any kind of object that needs to be read or interpreted because of meaningful nature. </li></ul>www.textmachina.uzh.ch
  5. 5. 2. B) This specific object implies specific methods: professional reading in a scientific community <ul><li>Quantitative and q ualitative analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Semiotic and h ermeneutic Interpretation: dialectic feedback between holistic assumption and detailled examination </li></ul><ul><li>Intertextual contextualization: references, intertexts </li></ul><ul><li>Discourse Analysis: Institutions, frequencies and order </li></ul><ul><li>Dialogical discourse in the scientifc community </li></ul>www.textmachina.uzh.ch
  6. 6. 2. C) New Media offer a lot of relevant digital technologies <ul><li>D igital text processing (scientific writing) </li></ul><ul><li>Q uantitative and statistical analysis (counting, comparing, analysis of frequencies and correlations) </li></ul><ul><li>M anual analysis (marking, highlighting, annotating) </li></ul><ul><li>Hyperreferencing and commenting </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge organization, accessing and archiving </li></ul><ul><li>R esearch and publishing </li></ul><ul><li>D ialogical collaboration with peers </li></ul>www.textmachina.uzh.ch
  7. 7. 2. D) We miss tools... <ul><li>...that combine these technologies in order to implement the crucial methods of the Humanities. </li></ul>www.textmachina.uzh.ch
  8. 8. 3.) „A possible Solution“: tEXtMACHINA <ul><li>Online simulation of the collaborative discoursive research practices of the Humanities. </li></ul>www.textmachina.uzh.ch
  9. 9. 4.) Plenary discussion on specific methods for the Humanities (5‘) <ul><li>Quantitative and q ualitative analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Semiotic and h ermeneutic Interpretation: dialectic feedback between holistic assumption and detailled examination </li></ul><ul><li>Intertextual contextualization: references, intertexts </li></ul><ul><li>Discourse analysis: institutions, frequencies and order </li></ul><ul><li>Dialogical discourse in the scientifc community </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT ELSE? </li></ul>www.textmachina.uzh.ch
  10. 10. 5.) Plenary discussion on existing technolgies (5‘) <ul><li>D igital text processing (scientific writing) </li></ul><ul><li>Q uantitative and statistical analysis (counting, comparing, analysis of frequencies and correlations) </li></ul><ul><li>M anual analysis (marking, highlighting, annotating) </li></ul><ul><li>Hyperreferencing and commenting </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge organization, accessing and archiving </li></ul><ul><li>R esearch and publishing </li></ul><ul><li>D ialogical collaboration with peers </li></ul>www.textmachina.uzh.ch
  11. 11. 6.) Group discussion on digital tools for the Humanities (25‘) <ul><li>What are the requirements of such a tool and how should it look like? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we know such tools? </li></ul>www.textmachina.uzh.ch
  12. 12. In Search for an Appropriate Tool for the Humanities <ul><li>René Bauer, Stefan Hofer and </li></ul><ul><li>Imre Hofmann </li></ul><ul><li>www.textmachina.uzh.ch </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>www.textmachina.uzh.ch

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